Now you can have previously unheard of capacities and performance in laptop disk storage and space for everything you need to store Two bootable drives inside your system provide a freedom and flexibility never before experienced in a Mac laptop Many of those PowerBooks had what was called an "Expansion Bay" slot giving users a tremendous amount of flexibility in how they could configure and use their machines.
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We created "Expansion Bay Hard Drives" for those machines, still available today , that allow users to easily replace their expansion bay optical drives with a removable hard drive. Apple's introduction of the PowerBook G4 Titanium in and their quest for the thinnest notebook in the world eliminated the possibility for a removable expansion bay Not anymore!
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We've also found many users out there doing high end HD and DV editing with Final Cut Pro and for whom an abundance of hard drive space is an absolute necessity For those pro users and for users who simply want more storage capacity inside their MacBook Pro, MacBook, Mac mini, or PowerBook G4 for their music, video, and photo libraries we created, and began shipping, the OptiBay in Combine it with up to a 2TB internal hard drive and find out what a dream it is to have up to 4TB of hard drive space entirely inside your laptop.
The OptiBay is a high performance laptop hard drive, or SSD, inside a specially designed, lightweight enclosure that's been engineered to the exact same dimensions as your laptop's SuperDrive or Combo drive. Besides just appearing different, laptop optical drives and hard drives have very different data connectors as well, so an adapter was developed allowing the hard drive or SSD to communicate with your MacBook Pro, MacBook, or PowerBook G4 through the optical drive connector on the motherboard.
Since they already speak the same language, SATA, not one bit of speed or performance is lost in adapting the drive's connector. Speaking of communications, your Mac won't even mind that the OptiBay is now connected to its optical drive connector. It recognizes it as just another high-speed drive connected to its ATA bus, or SATA bus, and communicates with it just as it would any other storage device. Remember, you have a Mac where stuff just works!
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You even use Apple's own Disk Utility program to easily setup and partition, if desired, the OptiBay Hard Drive, or SSD, however you'd like: As a standard drive volume showing up as its own icon on your desktop, in conjunction with your internal hard drive as part of a RAID 0 Striped or RAID 1 Mirrored array, or concatenated combined with your internal hard drive so they appear as one large hard drive are just a few of the many possibilities.
This is software we created specifically for OptiBay users and allows them greater flexibility when using their, now external, SuperDrive DVD Drive that was removed when installing the OptiBay. It also provides other functionality when using the OptiBay and this is fully detailed in the program and accompanying Read Me file. For full protection from hard drive failure everyone agrees that backing up is the key. For those in situations where being as fail-safe as possible is more important than the extra capacity, you have the option of mirroring your entire internal hard drive to the OptiBay.
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That way, if the unthinkable happens and your internal hard drive goes down, or you delete a file you shouldn't have, you won't miss a single beat since you'll be able to easily switch over and work seamlessly, or pull up a saved Time Machine, from the OptiBay and you're back in business. The OptiBay can also be used as a scratch disk for your data, doing all the heavy work and not bogged down having to run system routines simultaneously.
The OptiBay responds to S. This lets you use an older Mac that has an optical drive as a remote disc player, which you can use to access data and play movies but not audio. You can also choose to make virtual copies of DVDs you need to keep around on another Mac that has an optical drive if you have access to one.
However, with literally millions of CDs and DVDs still sold every year, it would probably be useful for many Mac users to learn exactly what kind of future they should plan for when it comes to playing and writing the CDs and DVDs they may already own. Got a story? I'd like it if you chose to follow me there so I can let you know about new articles I publish and reports I find.
Jonny is a freelance writer who has been writing mainly about Apple and technology since Here are the latest Insider stories. More Insider Sign Out.
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